Thursday, October 1, 2009


Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
One of my all-time favorites this courtroom murder mystery stars Jimmy Stewart as a country lawyer, Lee Remick as a rape victim, and Ben Gazzara as her husband who is pleading insanity for murdering the rapist. Stewart’s scenes have an atmosphere of calm which contrasts with the partying lifestyle of the killer and his wife. The film is based on the book of the same title which was written by a former Michigan Supreme Court justice and was based on a 1952 murder case in which he was the defense attorney. It’s a fascinating case and has made for a great film.

A tale of domestic ennui and awkward coming of age in the Manhattan suburbs starring an all-star ensemble cast. “It's a film of tremendous humor and wit, but also a potent portrait of adolescent longing and a painfully heartfelt depiction of deteriorating families.”—

Observe and Report
Seth Rogen plays “a belligerent, Clozapine-popping shopping-mall security guard who sees himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with the forces of crime…Observe and Report is not for every taste … But writer-director Jody Hill is audacious enough to stay true to a defiantly twisted, non-politically correct comic vision.”—

O’Horten (Norwegian)
Odd Horten is a neat, meticulous, pipe-smoking train conductor. He is winding up 40 years of service for the Norwegian railways. He wonders: when a man's life has been determined by timetables and clearly-defined journeys along narrow tracks, how he will now spend his free hours. Horten goes about his final work shifts and then enters into the uncertain world of retirement. He meets the dilemma of buying a new pipe using the same placid curiosity he brings to meeting a stranger who invites him to his home. “The thing about a deadpan comedy is, it has to think. It must involve us in the lives of its characters, so we can understand why they are funny while at the same time so distant. "O'Horten," a bittersweet whimsy by the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, finds that effortless.”—Roger Ebert

Paris 36 (French)
When Pigoil's adulterous wife leaves with his beloved son, he gambles everything to get him back. As the previous manager of the now closed Chansonia Theatre, he makes a deal with the new owner to give him one month to turn the theater around and make a profit. “This is not a great film, a masterpiece of cinema-as-art. It is, however, a wonderful movie that will delight you while you watch it and leave you with many happy musical memories after it has finished.”—

Valentino: the Last Emperor
This film is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. Follows the legendary Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti during the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world's most glamorous and competitive game. It is an intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's richest and most famous men. Tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today.

Tiling Countertops
Demonstrates techniques for tiling countertops. Presents an overview of basic procedures and shows how to solve problems.

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